St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

St. Augustine – On The Road To Florida

  We rolled down I-95 past St. Augustine, Florida, on Thursday about twelve noon and found our campground just south of there off SR 207. I had picked it out of the Passport America directory and was curious to see how the description jibed with the actual place. As you might expect, things always look better on paper than they do in person. However, in this case, some of the sites were paved and level, a big plus for me. Unfortunately, no one was in the office when we arrived, and still not there when we returned from lunch and the outlet malls up the road at five-fifteen that evening. So, the next morning at eight-thirty I walked over to find that someone was actually in. Turns out the site I had picked was reserved for someone else arriving Friday evening...

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Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Many of you have probably sat through a time-share presentation. Some of you may have bought a time-share. I imagine a lot of you who bought one are perfectly happy with it. But I’ve mostly heard about those of you who aren’t happy. And who want to get out of their time-share, but can’t. There are even time-share resale brokers out there. So, we weren’t in the market for a time-share, but we agreed to listen to the pitch in exchange for a three-night stay at a two-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Virginia, for $189 plus tax. A nice deal for roomy comfortable accommodations in that historic area. We had seen this ‘vacation’ offer at a home show in Raleigh. Of course, the pitch at the home show and the reality we found at the actual...

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I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

    I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. When I bought my first brand new travel trailer in 2002, I was excited to take it on the road so we decided to head south to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving. Not quite realizing how long a drive that would be, we didn’t arrive until after dark. Let me just say – setting up after dark sucks. The back-in spot we were assigned had a slope to the rear with the edge of a...

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Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

Random Observations on Celebrity Equinox

    •Have you ever noticed how the slowest people will not only just suddenly stop in the middle of things but then, as if they were not a big enough obstacle, plant both hands on their hips to become an even larger impediment?   •I heard the following from a fellow passenger as he exited the elevator on Deck 14 just outside the cafeteria. “Well, once more, off to the trough.”   •I wonder why the Tour Desk is closed when the ship is in port. Wouldn’t that be a time when passengers might need assistance and answers to specific tour questions?   •On the ship, you can tell when the thrusters engage – the whole vessel quivers. There’s a sex joke in there somewhere.    •One evening Ellen and I arrived at...

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Roseau, Dominica

Roseau, Dominica

  We had something new happen that we had never experienced in our eleven years of cruising. When we were seated in the tour bus, we were given a legal size two-sided release form on which we were supposed to list all ailments and prescriptions and initial in half a dozen places, mostly agreeing that we wouldn’t sue the tour company should anything happen. Bear in mind we were going to visit a brewery, not go zip-lining. This was actually our third surprise after, first, the tour being changed from afternoon to 9 am. The second was a message in our cabin the night before that no shorts or tank tops were allowed on the tour – on an island in the Caribbean, no less. And now, we were being asked to sign away all legal rights and divulge the most personal...

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